Decorated Belgian sportscar outfit Team WRT will make its debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship, entering the LMP2 class with Robin Frijns as the first confirmed driver.
The team, founded in 2009, has since developed itself as a major force in sportscar racing, particularly in GT3. As an Audi team, it won both the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and the Nürburgring 24 Hours and also won multiple titles in what is now the GT World Challenge Europe.
Team WRT has competed in LMP2 once before, making a one-off appearance at the 2016 Spa round of the European Le Mans Series, finishing second in class.
“Since the very first day of the creation of Team WRT, sportscar racing and the Le Mans 24 Hours have been part of our dreams and future objectives,” said Team Principal Vincent Vosse. “It couldn’t be otherwise for any true race lover.
“Until now, there hadn’t been an opportunity to be present with the level of ambitions and goal we always seek, but now, after eleven years, the time is right and we have an opportunity fitting our strategy.
“While we remain of course fully committed to our different GT engagements, with this LMP2 program, we embark on a new adventure, which we want to be long and as exciting and fruitful as the previous chapters in Team WRT’s history.
“We approach this new challenge with the greatest motivation and with a lot of humility. We are a reputed team and have endurance experience, but we definitely know this is a different challenge and a new playground, where we have a lot to learn and everything to prove.”
The team’s first confirmed driver is Robin Frijns. The Dutchman has been with the team since 2015 and has taken multiple championships since then. He was also one of the top drivers in Audi’s last years in the DTM, taking his first win in the series on home soil at Assen in 2020.
”I really look forward to be reunited with Team WRT,” said Frijns. “We had great success in the past, being successful straight away. We won two Blancpain GT Series title, one Overall and one Sprint, and the goal now is to go for success straight away, as we did in GT3.”